Why Luka Doncic's game is perfect for the future of the NBA

Mar 21, 2019

On Monday night against the New Orleans Pelicans, Luka Doncic put up 26 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. This would be a great stat line for any player in the NBA, but it’s particularly stunning for a rookie still learning the ropes.

Doncic is no ordinary rookie. The Dallas Mavericks have the best rookie in a long time, and here are three stats that prove it.

Stat No. 1: Let’s start with the fundamentals. Doncic is on pace to be the first rookie since Michael Jordan to average at least 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The only guy to do that before MJ was some fella named Oscar Robertson. Is that good company for the 20-year-old Slovenian?

Doncic’s scoring is great by itself. His 21.1 PPG would be the most for any first-year player since Blake Griffin averaged 22.5 in